Indigenous Artist Panel


  •  05.15.24
     6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us in a discussion with several Indigenous artists who will share their work and talk about ways that Indigenous artists are keeping vibrant artistic traditions alive through traditional and contemporary artistic mediums. Artists will include Kelli D. Palmer (Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs), Jacy Sohappy (Cayuse/Nez Perce/Yakama) and Dr. Michelle Jack (sqilxʷ /syilx (Okanagan). Wednesday, May 15 (more…)

Birding for Breakfast


  •  05.11.24
     7:00 am - 9:00 am

  The Museum provides an excellent habitat for migratory bird species. Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day by joining Museum staff and volunteers to go birding on the Museum grounds, with a special opportunity to learn about our pollinator habitats and the importance of insects to migratory birds.  Coffee and light breakfast items provided.  7:00 am (more…)

Exhibition Opening! Kids Curate


  •  05.24.24
     9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Kids Curate exhibition opens at the High Desert Museum on May 24! This year the Neighborhood and Dual Immersion 4th graders at Bear Creek Elementary School focused on water and its importance to the many people, animals, and plants of the High Desert. Come enjoy the student’s watercolor artworks based on what they learned (more…)

Natural History Pub: Tree Climbing


  •  05.06.24
     7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

When scientists study old growth trees and arboreal animals, they often need to grab their harnesses, ropes and carabiners to climb hundreds of feet up into the canopy. Yet this unique approach to data collection is often overshadowed by the scientific results that tree-climbing produces. Join Dr. (more…)

Wildlife Conservation Photography


  •  05.04.24
     9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join our wildlife team to learn about and photograph the wildlife in our care. Experienced photographers will be available to assist participants with camera techniques for portrait-style and action photography opportunities with raptors and mammals. Participants are welcome to explore the fundamentals of their equipment during a (more…)

Museum and Me


  •  05.02.24
     5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

A quieter time for children and adults who experience physical, intellectual and/or social disabilities to enjoy the High Desert Museum after hours. Explore the Museum’s newest exhibitions and revisit your favorites. Sensory packs are available to borrow with headphones, fidgets and more. 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm FREE for individuals, friends and family With support (more…)

Waterston Desert Writing Prize Submissions Deadline


  •  05.01.24
     11:55 pm

Calling all emerging, mid-career and established nonfiction writers! Don’t miss your opportunity to submit your writing to the Waterston Desert Writing Prize. The Prize honors creative nonfiction that illustrates artistic excellence, sensitivity to place and desert literacy, with the desert as both subject and setting. The Prize winner receives a $3,000 cash award and a (more…)

Inquiry into Heritage: A Conversation with Gwendolyn Trice


  •  04.25.24
     6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Photo courtesy of the Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center From founding Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center in Joseph to curating the traveling exhibition Timber Culture, Gwendolyn Trice invites Oregonians to explore history often ignored. Learn more about Maxville’s historic Black logging community and Gwen’s work to preserve and share their stories. 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Doors (more…)